This week at Reading in Color
Monday: February=Time To Show We Love and Understand Black People (aka my mixed feelings on Black History Month)
Tuesday: Gateway by Sharon Shinn 3.5/5
Waiting on Wednesday: Toads & Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson + I Need some Diverse YA/MG books (please comment with the name of the publishing company)
Throwback Thursday: Now and Zen by Linda Gerber 4/5
Friday: Blogger Spotlight: Gal Novelty
Year of the Horse by Justin Allen
Year of the Horse tells the story of Yen Tzu-lu, a child of Chinese immigrants unwillingly pressed into service by a gang of roughnecks bent on stealing a gold mine from a shadowy villain deep in the western wilderness. With Tzu-lu as our guide, we experience a landscape of legend, stand toe-to-toe with those larger-than- life heroes and villains of our shared American mythos, and learn the inescapable facts that have both enriched and plagued our nation from its inception.
Resonating with echoes of Mark Twain, Larry McMurtry, and J. K. Rowling, this is a book of fabulous adventure and deep resonance. Allen gives readers a picture of how America sees itself, and in so doing he offers up both a heroic vision of the past and hope for the future.
-There sounds like a lot will be going on in this novel so I'm interested to see how that plays out. I love how the author has such a diverse cast (most likely unrealistic for them all to be traveling together but I think it's great that the author is writing about the experiences of all Americans in the west, not just white Americans).
The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
This is a colourful, action-packed Victorian detective novel centred around the exploits of 'agent' Mary Quinn. At a young age, Mary is rescued from the gallows by a woman masquerading as a prison warden. She is taken to Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls. The school, Mary learns, is a front for a private investigation agency and, at 17, she is taken on as an agent. In her new role she is catapulted into the family home of the Thorolds to investigate the shady business dealings of Mr Thorold.
-This will be my first review for the Traveling to Teens book tours. And it sounds awesome! A spy novel and she's POC (I won't say any more than that since it's a bit of a spoiler).
Bought on Amazon (I couldn't resist!)
Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti by Frances Temple
Jeremie has a story: Convent educated Jeremie can climb out of the slums of Port-au-Prince. But she is torn between her mother's hopes and her own wishes for herself . . . and for Haiti.
Father Jean-Bertrand Aristide has a story: A dream of a new Haiti, one in which every person would have a decent life . . . a house with a roof . . . clean water to drink . . . a good, plate of rice and beans every day a field to work in.
At Aristide's request, Djo tells his story to Jeremie--for Titid believes in the power of all of their stories to make change. As Jeremie listens to Djo, and to her own heart, she knows that they will begin a new story, one that is all their own, together.
An outstanding scholar and martial arts student, Baoshu is passionate and dangerous. He is determined to rid China of the foreigners who occupy it and restore power to the Manchu dynasty. Life with him would be an adventure. But when Yanyan realizes that being with Baoshu would also mean sacrificing her dream of becoming a doctor, she faces the most difficult decision of her life. And her choice leads to an entirely new adventure an ocean away in America—where Yanyan is the foreigner.
-Short (176 pages) but looks achingly sweet. Yay for lesbian POC!
Fabulous by Simone Bryant
Pace Academy is an exclusive private school catering to the rich, pampered and beautiful. And Starr, Dionne and Marisol are its ruling elite, with an endless supply of designer clothes, platinum credit cards—and drama….
Starr is planning a spectacular Sweet Fifteen party…but it may be unforgettable for all the wrong reasons.
Dionne stepped out of the hood and into Pace's inner circle, even though her parents are struggling to pay for their lavish new lifestyle.
Marisol is the daughter of a baseball star whose wealth and fame might just tear her family apart.
Now all three girls are about to learn that the price of being fabulous can sometimes be too high, even for the Pace-setters.
-The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. 3 African American girls in private school uniforms, it screams chick lit about POC. So I've decided to give it a try, after all POC deserve our own Gossip Girl, Private novels, etc. (as much as I hate comparing books to white literature, it helps get my point across) and Fabulous might help fill in that void.